Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

The ‘worst of the worst’ wear business suits

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on January 20, 2013

Gitmo poster
The “worst of the worst” wear tailored business suits, hold press briefings, and say things like, “Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms.” (Obama in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.) Don’t you just love the fake humility of “Whatever mistakes we have made…”? So the Vietnam War was just a mistake, was it? I thought it was a reward from President Lyndon Johnson to his cronies in the military-industrial complex.

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Rhetoric of dream, rhetoric of nightmare

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on January 20, 2013

I have a Dream/Drone
From King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone, by Norman Solomon, at informationclearinghouse.info/
article33627.htm.

Today, America has nothing to offer the world, except war and death. Has any country, since World War II, done more to destroy the rule of law in the world than the US, while prattling incessantly about freedom and security? The latter word — security — should really be spelled with a capital S, because it is the new god of Washington — the god in whose name any evil, any outrage is permissible.

In the event of invasion, select one of the following:

Posted in britain by Blimp deflator on January 13, 2013

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Colonel Blimp

“Bring in the Bengal Lancers, I say. Fine troops — when they’re given a bit of backbone by British officers, of course.”

But Mr President, where would America be without guns?

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on January 9, 2013

Obama and guns
Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of December 27, 2012,

What does Santa have in his sack? More guns?

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on January 9, 2013

Santa in US
As every red-blooded Texan knows, you can’t have too many guns. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of December 24, 2012.

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US Middle East policy: Cynical or simply confused?

Posted in syria, united states by Blimp deflator on January 7, 2013

Obama's quandary
Yesterday’s enemy is today’s friend, until he becomes an enemy again… I think that’s how US policy in the Middle East goes. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of December 15, 2012.

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Two views of the Gaza conflict: One good, one not so good

Posted in israel, palestine by Blimp deflator on January 7, 2013

Palestinian paper dart
The above cartoon by Malcolm Evans, from the Manawatu Standard of November 20, 2012, gets it right: The Palestinians are, in military terms, virtually powerless in the face of Israel’s vast arsenal. The cartoon below, from The Dominion Post of November 20, 2012, is less satisfactory. For a start, cartoonist Tom Scott almost equally divides the window in which he works, giving the impression there is some kind of parity here. Next, he has the misleading line “Keeping hate alive in the Holy Land” between his depiction of two Palestinian rockets being fired at Israel and Israel retaliating by firing a missile at Gaza. Actually, the intermittent “war” between Israel and Gaza has nothing to do with the “two sides” keeping hate alive; it has everything to do with Israel’s relentless punishment of a captive population, which cannot retaliate with more than token gestures of defiance. I do, however, appreciate the number — 766 — on the tail of the Israeli jet. Just change the seven to a six, and you get the biblical “Number of the Beast”. Very appropriate!

Keeping hate alive in the Holy Land

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